Latest childcare and early years news


NDNA writes to Education secretary and Children and Families Minister

31 July 2019
Purnima Tanuku OBE
NDNA’s Chief Executive Purnima Tanuku OBE has written to the new Secretary of State for Education and new Under Secretary of State for Children and Families. Read more         

Worrying evidence that the early years attainment gap has stopped closing 

30 July 2019
Education Policy Institute logo
The Education Policy Institute (EPI) has released its annual State of Education report in England. Read more          

New Children’s Minister announced 

29 July 2019
Kemi Badenoch MP - Minister for Children and Families
Kemi Badenoch, MP for Saffron Walden in Essex since 2017, has been appointed as the new Minister for Children and Families. Read more        

Childcare costs in Scotland rise by a quarter

24 July 2019
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A YouGov poll of more than 3,000 parents in Scotland found they now spend an average of £276 per month, or £3,312 a year, on childcare. Read more          

NDNA responds to the appointment of the new Prime Minister

24 July 2019
Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson has been elected as leader of the Conservative Party and will be appointed as Prime Minister today (24 July). Read more       

Ofsted to put up fees

18 July 2019
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The DfE is consulting on an increase to the Ofsted fee which has remained unchanged for almost ten years. Read more      

Feedback on the draft Curriculum for Wales

18 July 2019
Welsh Government logo
There’s still time to give your feedback on the new draft Curriculum for Wales to the Welsh Government. Read more     

NDNA tells Low Pay Commission: unfunded wage rises will affect nurseries’ sustainability 

17 July 2019
Low Pay Commission logo
NDNA today gave evidence to Commissioners from the Low Pay Commission. Read more    

Report reveals holiday childcare costs rise again and availability concerns 

16 July 2019
Coram Family and Childcare logo
Coram Family and Childcare released their Holiday Childcare Survey 2019 today. Read more   

Scottish Government reveals discrepancies in nursery funding 

08 July 2019
Scottish Government logo
The Scottish Government has released a report revealing the different ways councils are planning to implement 1140 hours with partner providers. Read more  

Welsh Government announces £1.2 million small grants scheme

04 July 2019
Julie Morgan AM
The scheme was included in the £7.7 million made available by the Welsh Government to support the delivery of the Childcare Offer. Read more          

Application outcomes for school nurseries capital fund

04 July 2019
Damian Hinds MP
Education secretary Damian Hinds announced that projects in 66 schools in disadvantaged areas have been awarded a share of £22m of capital funding to create new places for two to four-year-olds. Read more         

Our conference had the feelgood factor

03 July 2019
Delegates enjoying the NDNA conference
More than 300 delegates gathered to discuss early years practice and policy at NDNA’s national conference. Read more